NOTABLE CONSULTATIONS & COLLABORATIONS IN THE WILDGOOSE MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 2003-05
The following question:
In particular, the Sculptor and Anatomical Modeller, Eleanor Crook, captured the essence of the Collection with exceptional wit and style, in her description of the experience of attending Special Events at the WML:
Here Mem'ry doth its own Memoriall finde,
Remembrance of lost Time is given minde,
Here blooming Bone and ossifying Flower
Bear witness both to Death's enfeebling power;
The Sibyll, Jane, doth here work out her plan
To justify the ways of Death to man;
Books of the Dead, Poor Reliques left behinde,
Kindle the eye Modernity made blinde.
The Art of Sorrow's passing here bemoan
In respite 'twixt thy Forceps and thy Stone:
The Fates that spin Mortality intend
Death shall have his Dominion in Crouch End.
© Eleanor Crook 2004
If any of our Virtual WML Readers would like to take the opportunity to respond to the above question, please do email the Library with your thoughts about future development and potential benefits.
In the autumn of 2004 The Library was host to photographer, Gina Glover, writer, Kay Syrad and curator/visual artist Mary Hooper, who consulted with Jane Wildgoose about the contents of a suitcase thought to have been owned by a one-time resident of the recently closed All Saints Hospital in Eastbourne, E. Sussex. The suitcase was opened and its contents documented as part of Spirit of Place, a collaborative website memorial to the Hospital, its staff and residents, from 1868 - 2004.
In an installation devised specially for their visit, the Library provided research into the historical background of a tiny piece of hair from the head of Horatio Nelson, purchased by Mr. Whitehead on eBay. The WML also provided examples of hair jewellery - traditionally made as love tokens, as well as emblems of mourning - and the Keeper made a replica of Nelson's decorated coffin in which to house the hair on its final, ritualised journey, which was recorded by Gregory Whitehead, Jane Wildgoose and Neil McCarthy, on the banks of the River Thames.
Copyright Jane Wildgoose and The Wildgoose Memorial Library